When Walt Disney World Resort closed abruptly at the end of the day on Sunday, March 15, 2020, Disney fans did not know just yet what the COVID pandemic meant for future Park visits. Now, 592 days later on October 28, 2021, Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall officially reopened and is welcoming Guests. Despite Walt Disney World’s face covering policy requiring masks at all indoor locations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated Guests, a Disney Princess (four actually) is smiling away with no masks insight. Could this mean Disney Guests will soon be able to join the Princesses and go maskless indoors?
Disney recently shifted the verbiage of character meet and greets to character “sightings”, as characters are returning to former meet and greet locations, but still aren’t giving out hugs or signing autographs. You can now “see” instead of “meet” four Disney Princesses at Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland including Princess Tiana, Princess Elena, Princess Rapunzel, and Princess Cinderella. In addition to the return of the four Princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall, Mickey Mouse is back in Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A.
@wdwmickeyhunter took to Twitter on October 28 to share, “Princess Fairytale Hall has reopened with distanced meet and greets with Princess Tiana, Princess Elena, Rapunzel, and Cinderella!”
Even though Disney Princesses are indoors, notice in the pictures there are no masks? When Walt Disney World began it’s phased reopening in July 2020, Disney Princesses did not wear masks as they rode through the Parks in character cavalcade form, as they were and still are socially distanced from one another and the Disney Park Guests. Seeing them indoors without masks, however, is a step towards returning to pre-COVID Disney days.
While the Disney Princesses are not required to wear masks indoor, Disney is still requiring Guests to wear masks when “seeing” these characters from a safe distance. Why is Disney now allowing their Princesses to move indoor maskless? One reason could be because just one day before, on October 27, Mayor Jerry Demings officially lifted the state of emergency for Orange County due to the county’s low COVID positivity rate.
Disney has yet to make adjustments to their current mask policy for Guests, but lower COVID cases and the return of Disney Princesses indoors without masks may be a sign that Disney Guests will be next. Only time will tell! In the meantime, if you plan to visit this “sighting” opportunity with Disney Princesses, you will need to keep that smile behind your mask… as the Disney Princesses’ smile radiates through.
Ready to join the Princesses? Do you think it’s time for Disney World to lift the Guest indoor mask mandate?